Who is number one in Toronto?
With “backup goalie” Jack Campbell improving his record to 4-0 on the season on Saturday, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star suggests that the Maple Leafs consider trading pending unrestricted free agent Frederik Andersen before the trade deadline. Zwolinski puts it this way: the Leafs should use the next three weeks to determine who is their starter and if the answer is not Andersen, Toronto should trade him rather than see their backup carry a $5 million cap hit.
That’s a bold move. Would it pay off? Andersen, who is winless in his past three starts, has a 13-8-2 record this season with a .897 save percentage and a 2.91 goals-against average, but he is admit last week that he wasn’t 100 per cent.
We do wonder if the Maple Leafs will have time to determine if they can trust a healthy Andersen in the postseason.
Campbell has been limited to just four starts due to injury this season, but is 4-0 with a .965 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA with two shutouts.
While Zwolinski would like to see Andersen on the trade block for a change in between the pipes, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun would prefer to see him stay in Toronto and does not expect the Leafs to move him. He poins out that Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas is already focusing on adding at the the trade deadline, adding that the team shouldn’t rely on Michael Hutchinson in a backup role.
The Maple Leafs have not yet named their starter for Thursday’s game against the Ottawa Senators. If Campbell gets the start, these rumours could get more intense.